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  1. I'm upgrading my 20G mixed reef to a 60G. I've decided to start a journal a bit ahead of time - the tank has already been paid for, and is currently being built by my LFS. Specifications: 2'ft x 2'ft x 2'ft cube tank = ~60G 10mm Crystal White Glass Rimless 20" x 18" x 15" sump = ~23.37G Total system volume = ~83G+ Equipment: 3000l/Hr Return Pump Jebao OW-25 Wavemaker 1x AI Prime HD (+1 AI Prime HD in months to come) *Skimmerless Livestock Plans: Mixed reef with minor SPS and LPS. More focused on Softies and Shrooms. Will have zoas as well as nems. Fish: 1x Starry Blenny (Thanos) - 12/08/2018 1x GCG (Goblin) - 30/09/2018 1x B/W Occy Clownfish (Nero) - 07/12/2018 1x Reg. Occy Clownfish (Sushi) - 09/06/2019 1x Pink Streaked Wrasse (Miu) -17/04/2019 1x Yellow Coris Wrasse (Helios) - 06/08/2019 1x Zebra Dartfish (Tic) - 13/06/2019 1x Tangaroa Goby (Casper) - 07/05/2019 1x Tailspot Blenny (Miko) - 30/03/2019 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 2x Steinitz Goby (Odin & Freida) - 06/11/2019 1x Green Chromis (Dude) - 28/10/2019 1x Lubbocks Fairy Wrasse (Bo) - 27/11/2019 1x Leopard Wrasse (Leopold) - 08/12/2019 1x Spotted Mandarin Dragonet (Poseidon) - 31/01/2020 1x Scooter Dragonet (Illaron) - 21/02/2020 1x Banded Pipefish (Prince) --> In Refugium - 05/12/2019 Inverts: 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron) - 15/07/2018 1x Golden Banded Boxer Shrimp (Zanipolo) - 23/11/2018 1x Cleaner Shrimp (Doc) - 28/09/2019 1x Fire Shrimp - 23/11/2019 3x Nassarius Snails 1x Tuxedo Urchin (Tux) - 22/04/2018 1x Purple Rock Urchin (Mr. Prickles) - 10/12/2018 1x Feather duster worm 3x Brittle Starfish (Fuzzy, Marco & Polo) - 12/07/2019 2x Turban Snails Corals: Red Pavona Rainbow Acans Red blastomussa Blastomussa wellsi (various colors) Green Pagoda/Cup Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseris Emerald Mummy Eye Chalice Red/Pink Chalice Green/Yellow Chalice Cherry Garcia Chalice Christmas Favia War Favia Green Kenya Tree Green Toadstool Leather Metallic Green Star Polyp Green Hammer Orange Frogspawn Ultra Green Torch Green Galaxea Green/Red Cynarina Red/Blue Lobo Rainbow Lobo Red/Green Symphyllia Rainbow Symphyllia Purple/Green Symphyllia Purple Death Palys Purple/Green (Unidentified) Zoas Green Duncan Pom Pom Xenia Orange Clove Polyp Yellow Yuma Orange Yuma(s) Purple Yuma Green Yuma Pink Yuma Dual-Colored Yuma (Orange/Green) Multi-colored Yuma (*Rainbow) Rhodactis Mushrooms (Variable Colors) Discosoma Mushrooms (Leopard/Spotted/Red & Teal) Red Devil Mushroom Hairy Mushroom (Blue & Green) Anemone: Mini Maxi Carpet Nem Rock Flower Nem (Indo-Pac variant) Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa Grape Caulerpa Leaf Caulerpa Chaeto *TBA: Fish & Inverts: x4 Snails *Stocking plans might change as I move along, but I don't plan on doing any tangs, triggers, rabbitfish etc. I might look into dwarf angels though like a flameback, coral beauty or flame. I'll also be adding various types of macro to the fuge in the sump, as well as slowly stock up on corals as I go. Otherwise, this will mostly be a TT from a 20G to a 60G. I currently have ~10kg of LR in my 20G. I'll be adding an extra 20kg LR to the 60G (split between DT & sump) - I've already been cycling some dry rock for nearly 2 months in a storage bin in preparation of the upgrade. All the equipment except the return pump is now with me - that will come when they deliver the tank to my house. Here's a basic sketch design of how the DT & sump looks like: This is a pic of how the cabinet will be (as texted by my LFS manager to me this afternoon): The color of the cabinet will be black matte: And this was the two of us discussing and adjusting the sump design repeatedly over the past few days: I left the sump design up to my LFS manager to decide. I'm not confident in designing my own sump, tbh, and he's more experienced than I am, so he'll be getting to it. The salt used will be Fritz RPM. I'll be mixing the salt a day ahead of the tank's arrival so that we can quickly scape the system and get it filled up and running as soon as possible. This whole setup did cost me a lot of time, effort, planning and money, but I think it's worth it. The main reason behind this upgrade is because my 20G is cracking, and the crack is angling towards the bottom panel of the glass - it's just a matter of time before the tank collapses. The secondary reason is because my Starry Blenny is too large and I think he'll appreciate a larger tank. The whole system will be set up in my bedroom, and no fans or chillers will be used since my room is quite cool enough, especially when I turn both the fan and A/C on at night. Will update when the tank arrives. Stay tuned! 🙂
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  10. Joevember

    Joe's Boneless Pico Reef

    8/2/19 7/16/19 6/12/19 5/8/19 Hello NR! I’m excited to be joining the old school pico reef contest. My plan for the tank is a ‘boneless’ setup… so all (or mostly) soft corals and nems. On top of this, the tank will be set up at my high school, Whitney Young, as a part of my club, Eco Club, which focuses on animal stewardship and environmental education. I will be the one managing all maintenance on the tank. My main goal for this project is to teach other students about coral reefs/marine habitats and for them to be able to become active in their protection and conservation. Since I’ll keep it at school I won’t be there to take care of it every day, so I’ll try to make it as bulletproof as possible (why it'll be boneless). Let’s get down to the setup list: The tank I’m using is a UNS 3N, very seamless, clean look. Aquaclear 50 power filter. I’ll get into the filtration below. Kessil A160, supplied by the club. Kessil Spectral Controller, supplied by the club. Aqueon 50W heater. ACKE horticulture/refugium light. JBJ ATO, cheap and ugly... I'd like a Smart ATO micro in the future because the JBJ is reeaally bulky. Now we’re getting into filtration: The filtration is going to be mostly biological. I converted the AC50 into a refugium by putting the light on the back and taping the sides to keep the light in. I’ll be putting chaeto in there along with 3 marine pure spheres- I considered caulerpa but the possibility of it going sexual and nuking the tank outweighs the pros. The other biological filtration will be from the sandbed and live rock. I have a small bag in with a tbsp of carbon and a few pinches of GFO as well. I have a strip of filter floss next to the intake in the filter for mechanical filtration. Jumping into the aquascape plan: I wanted to give this its own category since I planned so much about it. Just to give you an idea of how long I spent on it, it took me over 10 minutes to wash the epoxy and super glue off my hands after I finished it. I designed an arch to be able to let a few corals grow up the sides of it while leaving enough room on the sandbed for other corals. I’ll try to find some tall corals like leathers, kenya tree, xenia, or photosynthetic goniopora to put on the back of the arch to give it more depth. I’ll get cloves, GSP, zoas, mushrooms, and some other softies to grow over everything and make colorful. It's mostly zoas though. Then on the sandbed I’ll keep RFAs to put some more colors in there. Moving onto the stocking list: So the only real things that I will stock in the tank will be a clean up crew and a few crabs. Right now I have a purple porcelain crab, a halloween hermit, two trochus snails, and a few hitchhiker stomatellas. That about does it, I’ll try to pump out as many updates as I can for you all.
  11. Hello everybody, welcome to my new thread. (New Caribbean and Pacific Island theme starts on page 4 on 4/6/18). This aquarium will be the 4th reef that I have set up. For this reef, my goal is to have an organized, beautiful, and stream-lined reef with top of the line equipment. My plan for this reef is to have two separated rock structures. One structure will be primarily used to showcase a variety of Soft Corals, Large Polyp Stony Corals, Clams and Small Polyp Stony Coral from the Pacific Ocean while the other structure will be used to showcase livestock from the Caribbean. That structure will be be home to Gorgonians, Ricordea, and Rock Flower Anemone's. I will attempt to create the conditions that are best for each grouping of coral on each structure. Below is a run down of the equipment I will be running for the setup as well as the inhabitants that live in my reef! Equipment Tank- Cadlights Rimless Versa 42 Gallon with Starphire glass (30" x 18" x 18") Sump- Cadlights Rimless 16 gallon (20" x 13" x 13") Lighting- 2 Kessil A160E LED's with a Kessil Spectrum Controller Aquarium Controller- ReefKeeper Lite Protein Skimmer- Bubble Magus Curve 5 Water Circulation- 2 Vortech MP10's running on ReefCrest mode Refugium Light- Kessil H80 Tuna Flora set to growth mode Supplementation- 4 part Triton Method Core Elements Auto Top Off- Tunze Osmolator
  12. skaerber

    Hypothetical set up

    Hello all! I've been lurking on the forums for a few months, researching a future build for a first reef tank. That said I have a hypothetical build is like to bounce off of more experienced members. Equipment: Traditional rimmed 20 gallon long Diy stand (I already have these from an old planted tank) Eheim 100 watt heater Current USA orbit IC light Current USA 660 gph wave pumps x2 or Koralia equivalent wave pumps x2 Finnex hob refugium with fugeray and water pump RO buddie ATO Livestock: GSP Mushroom Algae barns pod starter pack Firefish x1 and Banggai cardinal x1 or Firefish x2 An appropriate clean up crew (still Researching) Dry rock This is the current list. I still have about 8-10 months of research to conduct, but I wanted to put this out there to get some feedback to help focus my research. Thank you!
  13. Hi all fellow reef keepers and welcome to my aquarium journal, I will take you all on an adventure into a complete build of a 60L sps dominated tank. For video footage, subscribe to my Youtube channel where i will document each step. As a slight background story for you to all know who I am, my name is Slade and I am a reef keeper from South Africa whose passion for this hobby has exploded beyond control (I am sure you all can relate! haha) So about the tank that I am going to use, its 610mm long x 325mm wide x 305mm high. Regarding equipment, I am still working on this and have some fantastic, easy, ideas which I will share with you all along the way. If you have any suggestions, put them in the comments below please. I look forward to sharing this journey with you all and dont forget to head over to Youtube and subscribe! link will be below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbTEaeFCsoxCvdSJU9CMOQ?view_as=subscriber
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  15. ihglifelol

    what coral to get

    I am going to my lfs on sunday. I am getting some more C.u.c and some corals 😀, 1 for my new 1 gal pico and some for my other 5 gal. I want some sort of branching coral thats large, as a centerpiece, the coral I know for sure will be there are varieties of kenya trees and several 1-3 in sps frags. They get new corals everyday. any sugestions?🤔
  16. 805NanoReef

    Need names of these corals

    Bought these corals a while ago but forgot the name of them. Can some one help?
  17. OK, well they might not be getting degrees but they are for sure helping me get mine! I am currently a Junior at a small school in Ohio and I have something no one else has, a pair of badass clownfish! I have been keeping reef tanks for about 7 years now and after all that time I finally feel like I'm avoiding rookie mistakes. I originally brought a 5 gallon tank to school my second semester of my freshman year and my whole plan was to make everything as simple (and cheap) as possible. Anyone in the hobby knows where this is going. I went too simple and too cheap right out the gate. I went bare-bottom, no mechanical filtration and even skimped on the live-rock. Long story short that tank did not survive past spring semester. I tore it all down and swore that I was done! Fastforward a year and my obsession with the hobby had been rekindled. I spent the last summer researching how I can make this tank 1) thrive long term, 2) personally enjoyable and 3) informative to others. As the only person on my campus to have a saltwater tank I felt like this time around I had to keep the up for myself but also for the people living with me. 5 months into that journey and people still come up to me and ask "you're the one with the fish tank in your room right?" Tank Specs Display: 10 gallon glass aquarium Lighting: 2 Par38 Rapid LED bulbs suspended using Coral Compulsion clamps Heating: Eheim 25W heater Circulation: Ecotech mp10 (OG model) Rock: Reel Reef Rock (10lbs) Filter: Aquaclear 20 w/Chemi-Pure Blue Substrate: Carib Sea Arag-Alive Reef Sand (-12Lbs.) Current Livestock A pair of Ocellaris clownfish 2x Sexy Shrimp 2x Nassarius Snails 2x Scarlet Hermit Crabs Soft Coral Green star polyps Radioactive Zoanthids Hulk Zoanthids Anemones Red rock anemone All my livestock, besides the female clownfish (bigger of the two), came from vividaquariums. I highly recommend them! It is the second time I have gotten shipments from them and they are world class and very professional. I ordered a pair of clownfish but one died within 12 hours and they were great about refunding me the next day! If you cannot tell, I love photography so if you're looking for a thread with some cool photos, stay tuned for more. I will be trying my very hardest to post every ~2-weeks about how tanks journey. The good, the bad AND the ugly! Thank you for reading.
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